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The Phantom Returns
Phantom Labor lands and is heading towards Sashiki. It
has already destroyed one of the Holly Security
Services Labors. Captain Fuwa and her military Labor
team plan to lure the Phantom Labor into the military
training grounds to destroy it. Division 2 arrive, but
are ordered not to get involved, if at all possible.
As Captain Fuwa's team are dropped from a military
plane they are immediately attacked by the Phantom
Labor's beam weapon, even before they land. One of the
Labors is damaged but they still continue on with
their plan. Kanuka decides that they should be the
ones leading the Phantom Labor into the training
ground. The plan certainly works but Ota is attacked
and is severely beaten. Captain Fuwa manages to save
Ota by forcing the Phantom Labor away. Ota notices
that there is a second armed Labor lurking around
helping it. Meanwhile Kurosaki decides that he needs
more battle data. He instructs his team to get the
Phantom Labor to steal Noa's movement disc at any
cost. Noa is now the sole target of the of the Phantom
labor. She has to fight it alone without any backup.
Even if she does win she still may have to deal with
the second Labor.
Note that the sequence of the military Labors dropping
from the plane is quite similar to opening sequence to
the movie". Screenplay by Kazunori Ito.
Originally broadcast 14 March 1990.
22 Flowers and Labors
The Tokyo Metropolitan
Police are holding a Public Safety Awareness Week.
Division 2 are holding a seminar on Labor safety when
a Yakuza boss decides to take an interest in what
they're doing. He introduces himself to Noa and
Kanuka. Are the Yakuza trying to intimidate them? But
he seems quite freindly and even invites them to
his house to show off his Labor collection. All he
wants to know is how set the defaults on his Labors so
he can use them. Noa shows him but is a little
concerned. He rewards the SV2 with gifts, but for a
police unit to receive gifts from a Yakuza boss, well
that's ruat with danger. The relationship begins to
get a bit stronger, and the boss becomes so enthralled
with piloting Labors he decides to do help out the
SV2! The Yakuza are now helping to stop crime. Trouble
brews when a rival Yakuza boss gets jealous and wants
a piece of the action. This could lead to a gang war.
Noa and Kanuka must stop them before blood is shed.
Screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Originally broadcast 21
23 Kanuka's Report
Kanuka's stay with the
SV2 is up. She must now return to the New York Police
Department. She explicitly states she doesn't want a
farewell party. However several members of Division 2
have other ideas. They literally break into her
apartment to give her a surprise party. But Shinshi
accidentally discovers a report she has been working
on for the NYPD. It's a report on Division 2 and there
is a dossier on every member. The report however does
not give Division 2 a good review. Far from it.
Eventually when they reach Ota's dossier, it is so bad
he practically destroys the lounge room an d the
computer, and Kanuka is due back any minute.
This episode is essentially a recap episode, but
there's enough material in it to make it worthwhile
viewing. During the episode, Asuma wears a "Headgear"
jacket. Screenplay by Hibari Arisu and
Naoyuki Yoshinaga. Originally broadcast 4 April 1990.
Kanuka is finally
heading back to New York. The team feel like they have
disgraced themselves so Noa is the only one there to
see her off. Before the plane takes off a strange man
named Ginji Nekowatari enters the cockpit and tells
the pilot that he has a bomb on board. He demands the
release of one of the "Home of the Sea" terrorists
currently in custody. Unfortunately Kanuka has had to
check her gun in with the pilot before she boarded.
She decides to disguise herself as an air hostess to
get closer to the terrorist and move freely about the
plane. Although it probably won't take much to fool
Yes, Ginji Nekowatari is meant to look like a cat, and
Neko means cat in Japanese. On his jacket it says
"Nyao", which means "meow" in Japanese. There is an
error in the English adaptation of this episode. As
Noa goes into to aprehend the criminal in a one of the
airline's Labors, in both the English dub and
subtitles, Asuma calls the Labor an Ingram, when it is
in fact a Bulldog. In the Japanese dialogue there is
no mention of the what model the Labor is.
Note that the plane that Kanuka boards is "Sunrise
Airlines". Sunrise is the animation studio which
produced the TV series. Though this is not the first
time Sunrise Airlines has been seen in an anime. "City
Hunter" also regularly featured passenger aircraft
with the studio's name, and was also produced by the
same studio. Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally
broadcast 11 April 1990.
25 Spring Storm
With the departure of
Kanuka, Shinshi has has been given the unenviable job
of being Ota's backup. Things are not going well.
Shinshi just can't control him and he won't listen to
any of his orders. Maybe he isn't cut out for this
work. An opportunity comes up for him to return to his
old line of work; computer programming. The job sounds
good, he'll get three times more than what he's
getting now and he'll be the head of his own
department. But can he turn his back on his
colleagues, his job and resign from the police force?
Another great character episode which this time
fleshes out Shinshi character and shows that he
struggles with the attitudes of some of his team
mates. Also we get to see how unstable and violent his
wife, Tamiko, really is. Screenplay by Michiko Yokote.
Originally broadcast 18 April 1990.
I am Takeo Kumagami
A new member is a about
to join Division 2. Her Name is Takeo Kumagami. She's
an excellent cop, good at cooking, a great typist,
gret with computers, has mastered the basic pattern
movements of the Ingram in less than a day and was
even scouted by Interpol but turned the offer down.
Why on Earth is she here at the SV2? Captain Gotoh is
thinking of changing some of the positions in his
team. Is Kumagami trying to take Noa's position? Will
changing the team be a problem for morale? Screenplay
by Michiko Yokote. Originally broadcast 25 April 1990.
While the anime version of Patlabor had Kanuka Clancy,
Masami Yuuki's manga had Takeo Kumagami, who
originally appeared way back in the second graphic
novel in 1988. This episode marks Kumagami's first
appearance in the anime version. Screenplay by Michiko
Yokote. Originally broadcast 25 April 1990.
A Voice in the Darkness
are out on a training mission at a group of abandoned
buildings set for demolition. They are training for
urban combat and hostage situations. Everything seems
to be going fine until the nightshift comes. Local
residents claim that the buildings are haunted. Voices
can be heard at night and a ghostly group of samurai
can sometime be seen. Shinshi discovers that disaster
and death have always befell the area, with many
deaths due to earthquakes, especially the big one
which happened fours years prior. One night Captain
Gotoh's computer malfunctions and the world "Help!"
scrolls across his screen continually. Then he is
attacked by a man with a sword who vanishes! Later Ota
feels someone "tugging" at his Labor and Noa sees a
ghostly vision of a young boy. Are these mysterious
occurrences the work of spirits? Is the site cursed?
This episode is based on the manga story
"Intermission", which appears in the third graphic
novel (1989). When the scared Kumagami throughs a
bundle of papers at Gotoh, on it it says "To those of
you who went through frame by frame to see what is
written here, we thank you for your effort".
Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 2 May
28 The Suspicious
On leave, Noa and Asuma
head out to the city and end up in a game arcade.
Asuama spots a Patlabor game, but both he and Noa are
beaten by it. A man named Utsumi shows up claiming his
company created the game and then proceeds to clear
all the levels. Noa decides she won't be beaten and
tries again, and fails. A young boy named Bud shows up
and says he'll avenge Noa. Noa can't believe even a
kid is better at this game than she is. Utsumi and Bud
are actually employees of Schaft. They're getting read
to make their next move. Utsumi and Kurosaki are
heading up the Griffin project. An experimental Labor
with battle capabilities higher than most military
Labors. The Labor has been created to develop
components for other Labors. The first part of their
plan involves testing out Division 2. Utsumi sends out
a Saturn Labor to cause havoc on a construction site
hoping that Division 2 will show up.
A good episode that finally introduces Utsumi, Bud and
the Griffin Labor. Unfortunately we don't get to see
the Griffin in action quite yet.
This episode is based on the manga story "Game Maker
(Parts 1 to 8)", which appears in the third graphic
novel (1989). Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally
broadcast 9 May 1990.
29 The Destruction of the SV2
With the SV2 hangers
being out in the middle of an isolated reclaimed
landfill, getting food has always been a problem. The
Shanghai Restaurant is the only place that will
deliver to them. In what should have been a typical
order, the food doesn't arrive. Apparently the
delivery boy has disappeared with the order. Ota rings
the restaurant to complain and ends up insulting them.
eventually the hunger gets to them and Ota is forced
to apologise .But the restaurant now says it doesn't
want to go out at night because of the stray dogs that
live on the reclaimed land and the fact the there is
no one to deliver the food. Fed up after waiting hours
and hours, Ota says he will provide an escort for the
restaurant but he doesn't return. A few hours later
the mechanics take off to find Ota, but they also
don't return. Where have they gone and why don't they
Noa's memory must truly amazing to remember every
single member of the SV2's orders for lunch, including
all of the mechanics. Screenplay by Mamoru Oshii.
Originally broadcast 23 May 1990.
The Griffin Has Arrived
On a secret training
ground, military Labors are fighting a large black
Labor. All the teams are defeated including Captain
Fuwa's team. Her Labor's movement disc is ripped out
of her Labor. The mysterious black Labor leaves a
message written in the sand; "The Griffin has
Arrived". The Schaft team is delighted with the
results, although some think that Bud is a dangerous
pilot who takes too many risks. Utsumi now wants to
take on Division 2 so that he can capture an Ingram to
study it and for it's movement data. Shinobu meets her
old friend Fuwa for a meal. Captain Fuwa takes the
opportunity to ask Shinobu if she knows anything about
a Labor called the Griffin that can mimic human
movement. Meanwhile news comes though that the police
chief is thinking of creating two new divisions. But
all four divisions would get new economy Ingrams being
developed by Shinohara Heavy Industries. This means
Division 2's old Ingrams would have to go. Captain
Gotoh isn't too sure this is a good idea. Are the
Labors worse than the current ones? There's only one
place to find out; The Tokyo International Labor Show.
This episode is based on the manga story "Out of
Standard (Parts 1 to 6)", which appears in the fourth
graphic novel (1989). Screenplay by Kazunori Ito.
Originally broadcast 30 May 1990.
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